“I chose to attend LSUHS for grad school because I really appreciated how collaborative the campus is. If I don’t know how to do something, the chances are that someone on campus does and they’re always willing to help out.” - Brenna Pearson-Gallion
Welcome to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Physiology is the study of how biological systems perform their functions to maintain the steady-state internal environment of living organisms. We can study these processes at the genetic, cellular, organ system or whole-animal level. Our departmental name reflects the increasing application of molecular biology techniques in the understanding of physiological function.
Understanding the basic concepts of physiological control of organ systems in the human body is key to identifying regulatory processes during organ dysfunction and disease states which, in turn, may elucidate a novel approach in therapeutic intervention.
Our PhD Program
The Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology recruits highly motivated individuals from undergraduate biomedical backgrounds who wish to pursue a rewarding career in biomedical research. Our PhD program provides individualized training for each student to successfully fulfill the requirements leading to the attainment a PhD degree. This provides highly skilled graduates with the investigative tools necessary for an intellectually challenging and rewarding career in an ever-evolving field at academic, industrial or government institutions.
“I decided to come train in the LSUHS PhD program because it presented an excellent opportunity for professional development and to make important connections that will be important for the fulfillment of my goals. So far, I’ve received a lot of research training both theoretical and practical and I’ve become more familiarized with the work style of the laboratory researcher.” - Gerardo Ali Cruz Marquez
“I chose to attend LSUHS for my PhD training because of the diverse areas of research and the opportunities for translational research. The faculties and diversity of individuals here excited me about the knowledge and opportunities I could gain, by joining this institution.” - Shripa Amatya
The Application Cycle for Submitting Graduate Program Applications for the 2023 / 24 Academic Year is now open.
Our faculty are performing ground-breaking research, winning awards, gaining world recognition and making a difference in lives. Visit the labs of our scientists and learn more about their research, publications, news and consider joining their team.
Latest Department News
Brenna Pearson-Gallion and Dr. Hemangini Dhaibar are the recipients of the 2022 Teaching Awards for overall best student and post-doc instructor.
Several Physiology trainees earned recognition at the Feist Cardiovascular Research Symposium on February 6, 2023 at LSU Health Shreveport.
The February 2023 School of Graduate Studies Student of the Month is Naznin Sultana Remex in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology.
Congratulations to Dr. Randa Eshaq, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. Dr. Eshaq was recently selected by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) to serve on the Postdoctoral Council (PDC) for 2023-24.
The School of Graduate Studies Student of the Month for September, 2022 is Luisa Delgadillo in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology.
Dr. Randa Eshaq was awarded an International Society for Neurovascular Disease Travel Award at the 2022 conference.
Three students from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology receive special recognition and a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The journal article by Dr. Gaganpreet Kaur and Dr. Norman Harris titled, "Effect of high glucose on glycosaminoglycans in cultured retinal endothelial cells and rat retina" has been named "Editor's Choice" in the August 2022 issue of Glycobiology.
The April Graduate Student of the Month is Ryan Mackay and he is a student in the lab of Dr. Chris Pattillo.
Journal of the American Heart Association report: Paari Dominic, MD, the director of clinical cardiac electrophysiology and associate professor of medicine and molecular and cellular physiology at LSUHS, shares findings as senior author of the study.
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